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  • Pennsylvania State Capitol Pennsylvania State Capitol Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    The Pennsylvania State Capitol is located in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and designed in 1902 in the beaux-arts style of architecture with renaissance themes intertwined throughout the structure. Inside, are the chambers for the general assembly, that includes the house and senate, and the city's chambers for the Supreme Court of the state, plus the governor's and lt. governor's offices. It is located in the Pennsylvania State Capitol complex that includes other state buildings in the city and from the rest of the state. The seat of the government for the state was originally in Philadelphia, then Lancaster by 1799 and then to Harrisburg in 1812. The present capitol building is called the Huston Capitol because it is the third one to sit on this site. The first in the city, was the Hills Capitol that was destroyed by fire in 1897, and the next, the Cobb Capitol was left incomplete until funding was stopped in 1899. The current capitol, the Huston, was designed by Joseph Miller Huston and complete by 1906. Once finished, it became the subject of a graft scandal, since the general assembly had allocated only one third of what the project finished at, and Huston, with four other men were convicted of graft in regards to the construction project. It, the capitol building, is often called the "palace of art" since it contains many stained-glass windows, sculptures and murals, the majority including state themes or created by Pennsylvanians. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, and made a National Historic Landmark in 2006. A rejuvenation project has been in the process since 1982, and is still going on. William Penn would be the founder of the first government of the province of Pennsylvania in 1682, in Chester, Pennsylvania, and since the assembly didn't have any formal meeting place at its beginning, the group would often meet in Quaker meeting houses or private residences in Philadelphia. The province's first state house would become known as Independence Hall, and they started building it in 1732, completing it in 1753. The assembly would meet there until 1783 when another city was chosen to house the government. John Harris, Jr. offered4 acres and 21 square perches, or 5717 feet of land by the banks of the Susquehanna River in the central part of the state; providing that it would eventually be used for the state capitol building. Harris would also lay out a city in 1785, by his plot of land, and named it after his father. The legislature would vote for moving the capital to Lancaster in 1799 since there was more land there than in Harrisburg. Then, less than a dozen years later, the legislature voted to move it back to Harrisburg, on the donated land, and they did in 1812; with another 12 acres of land being purchased from US Senator William Maclay. This would be the Hills Capitol, and the location of the legislature until 1897, which forced the legislature to become homeless until the Cobb Capitol was completed in 1899. Samuel W. Pennypacker would dedicate the new capitol building in 1906, and President Teddy Roosevelt came to the ceremony on a special train and gave a speech, as well as touring the new structure, which he declared was the handsomest building he had ever seen. Even though the building wasn't quite complete, it was used, as the artwork inside and outside would take another 20 years to finish.

  • Wildwood Lake Sanctuary and the Olewine Nature Center
    Located on the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania, the Wildwood Park, which had been known as the Wildwood Lake Sanctuary, is just on the rim of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; with so much adventure and fun waiting for the visitor and families that it would take some time to detail it all. Of course the nature trails that meander through the forests and hills are spectacular, with fresh air, rivers and streams, boardwalks, bird watching, picnics and much more. There are large numbers of flora and fauna, native to the region; but also some endangered species as well. The Benjamin Olewine III nature center has only been open in the park for a while, the park has been situated here for more than a century. Wildwood was known as Wetzel's Swamp before the transformation, and it began in 1901, when the city established Wildwood Lake as part of the City Beautiful movement that was a nationwide idea that was conceived by social reformers in that period. Between 1905 and 1913, land was chosen for the park, and the first paths opened in 1907, baseball field in 1908 and boating concession in 1909.  During the next three decades, the swamp was transformed into a menagerie of zoo, boating and riding stables, with the zoo housing a black bear, mountain lion, raccoon, mink, muskrat and white-tailed deer. In the depression years, the WPA finished many more projects at the lake, like caretaker's house, ball fields, trails and picnic shelters. It was becoming a popular place to spend an afternoon or weekend, but as time went by and the second world war years approached, the zoo declined and finally left, and then, by 1959, the park had become more of a wasteland and some parts were actually being used for dumping trash. The National Audubon Society started to study the park and proposed a nature center and programs in 1964, although it would be sometime before that would happen, but the Harrisburg Area Community College was deeded 157 acres of the park lands and during that decade, it was still used to dump trash. In 1976, the Dauphin County commissioners and Harrisburg City Council agreed to a park transfer and it was acquired by the city for $1. Over the years, it continued to grow and became as popular as it was before, with many new venues and trails that were great for joggers, walkers, runners, bikers and wildlife watchers. It is now a cherished retreat for nature lovers, exercise enthusiasts and bird watchers.

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  • National Civil War MuseumNational Civil War Museum Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    The National Civil War Museum is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is a permanent nonprofit educational institution that was created to preserve the material, culture and resources of information that directly pertain to the American Civil War of 1861-1865; and the aftermath of the war that pertained to the Civil War Veteran's service organizations, that included the Daughters of the Confederacy, Grand Army of the Republic and the United Confederate Veterans up to 1920. It is the National Headquarters for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic and in 2009, it was affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. It is housed in a two story brick structure in the city's Reservoir Park, with displays and self-guided tour starting on the second floor, that contains 10 galleries, and finishes on the first floor with seven galleries and a theater. There is a great gift shop, museum support and temporary exhibit gallery located on the first floor, with a marvelous "Walk of Valor" on the memorial grounds, that are made of red bricks that have the names of Civil War vets inscribed on them. The museum's displays were designed to depict the complete story of the American Civil War, without bias to either side or cause. It covers the period from 1850 to 1876, with the main focus on the Civil War years of 1861 to 1865. This vast collection that contains more than 24,000 manuscripts, artifacts, documents, photographs and other printed materials was amassed between 1994 and 1999 by the city under Mayor Stephen R. Reed, who was also the founder of the exciting museum. Because of the close proximity of Gettysburg to the capital city it was decided to located the museum here, and the numerous tourists that come here. The galleries have been separated as follows; A House Divided, 1860-1860 and looks at the events that led to the war; American slavery: The peculiar institution, 1850-1860 and how 19th century Americans perceived slavery; First Shots, 1861 at Fort Sumter; Making of Armies with the recruiting, training and equipping of both the armies; Weapons and Equipment with great numbers of relics; Campaigns & Battles of 1861-1862; Battle Map, 1861-1862; Camp Curtin was the Civil War's biggest Union camp and was located in Harrisburg; Why Men Fought, 1861-1863 involving the reasons why men on both sides fought; Civil War Music with instruments and recorded music played at the time; Gettysburg, 1863 became the turning point; Cost of War is about the medicines used; Women in the War shows women's many roles of the war; Navy is about the maritime conflicts; Campaigns and Battles of 1864-1865, which depicts the final years of the war; Battle Map 1863-1865 from Stones River to Appomattox; Lincoln: War & Remembrance. There is also a heart moving video called, "We the People" that looks at 10 characters from many walks of life and their fates before, during and after the war.  The list of artifacts that have been collected and deposited here are nothing less than spectacular and encompassing; a magnificent collection of eclectic objects that once put together for this museum becomes all too clear and relevant to the visitor and can be appreciated and honored regardless of what side your family was on or what you believed.

  •  State Library of Pennsylvania
    The State Library of Pennsylvania is one of the biggest research libraries in the state and houses materials from every area of human endeavor and concern. The information and materials from this massive collection and automated resources are outstanding and very useful to the state government, institutions and general public. It is charged with preserving a definitive collection of state publications from every agency in the state and is a regional depository for the US government publications. It is located in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and open to the pubic all year long.  The library houses a magnificent collection of important and prominent collections that include; the United States Civil War Collection; Abraham Lincoln Collection; Fort Necessity Collection; Benjamin Franklin Collection; Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Journal; Pennsylvania Capitol Centennial Collection; Pennsylvania Regimental Histories; Miscellany Collection; Pennsylvania Native Americans Collection; Pennsylvania Documents Collection; Pennsylvania Historical Newspapers and the Pennsylvania Genealogy Collection. 

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  • Mangia Qui
    Antipasti; tonno is carpaccio of ahi tuna, sea beans, bomba calabrese; fava is raw favas, shaved locatelli cheese, extra virgin olive oil; cracked black pepper; fico is grilled black mission figs, manchego cheese, fresh oregano; prosciutto rollitini is prosciutto rolled with asparagus, chives & goat cheese, celery & parsley sauce; insalata di indivia is red endive, pistachio, peppadew peppers, castelvetrano olives, grape seed oil, pinot grigio vinaigrette; capesante e carciofi is grilled diver scallop, sautéed baby artichokes, arugula, haricot vert, micro greens & fresh herbs; caprese is housemade mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, micro-basil; bresaolo is air-dried shaved filet mignon, fire roasted sweet peppers, Monte Enebro goat cheese; misticanza is broque hydroponic greens, micro-greens, gorgonzola crostini, marinated grape tomatoes with fresh herbs & fig balsamic vinaigrette. Primi; risotto primavera is creamy parmigiano reggiano risotto, sugar snaps, fresh English peas, blistered grape tomatoes, Kentucky flats, crispy garlic scapes; bolognese d'agnello is corzetti pasta, braised lamb ragu, pecorino; linguine vongole is sautéed littleneck clams, olive oil, garlic, red pepper, goat cheese & moliche; calamareti is ring shaped pasta, blistered heirloom tomatoes, red oak clover, rock shrimp, roasted garlic, rosemary sheepsmilk cheese. Secondi; zuppa di pesce is clams, mussels, baby octopus, squid, shrimp, tilapia, saffron crab broth; agnello is grilled boneless rack of lamb, Taggiasca olives, hydroponic tomatoes, ricotta gnocchi, lemon oil; piccolo pulcino is naturally raised, hormone & anti-biotic free poussin, marinated, split & grilled, venere rice, edamane, grilled wild onions; vitello is grain fed, grilled veal chop, sautéed chanterelles, Bermuda onions, Fuji apple, thyme, Emilia-Romagna Ortrugo wine; Tuscan grill is dry aged hand-cut rib eye rubbed with Adriatic sea salt, black pepper, garlic, fingerling potatoes, fresh rosemary.

  • Stocks on 2nd
    Appetizers; Stock's guacamole is assorted tortillas with avocado mix of tomatoes, onions, lemon & cilantro; Fritto Misto is fried calamari with roasted garlic & truffle aioli; Spring Style Bruschetta Trio is olive tapenade, tomato bruschetta & hummus medley; mini sausage sliders; with caramelized sweet peppers, arugula & onion medley; Caprese dip is housemade mozzarella dip with basil, drizzled balsamic & smoked vine-ripened tomatoes, served warm; orechiette scampi is shrimp pieces sautéed with garlic, butter, white wine, tarragon & lemon zest; jumbo crab cocktail is jumbo crab, traditional mignonette & cocktail sauce. Salads; spring salad is baby arugula, marinated cherry tomatoes, pickled onions, toasted almonds, lemon vinaigrette; Stocks salad is butter lettuce, roasted beet medley, marinated mushroom medley, toasted hazelnuts, creamy peppercorn vinaigrette; Caesar salad with romaine, parmigiano reggiano cheese, anchovy lemon vinaigrette, croutons, vine-ripened tomatoes; panzanella salad with marinated bread, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, lite Italian vinaigrette. Main plates; seared scallops with bacon risotto, sautéed spinach, baby carrots, leeks, port reduction; horseradish crusted cedar planked salmon with seasoned red skinned potatoes, marinated peppers & herbs, maitre d butter; grilled marinated tuna with paella style orzo, mango pineapple chutney, wasabi sauce; Stocks over-tanned crab cakes with citrus-glazed Brussels sprouts, pearled fingerlings, spring style remoulade; spiced honey & thyme-glazed chicken with sweet Jersey corn potato hash, haricot vert almondine; bacon & apple butter wrapped pork tenderloin with cornbread stuffing, granny smith chutney, gratineed with gorgonzola; rosemary roasted prime rib with buttery Yukon gold mash, sautéed sugar snap peas, natural jus.


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  • State Museum of Pennsylvania State Museum of Pennsylvania Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    The State Museum of Pennsylvania is located in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to preserve and interpret the area's culture and history and belongs to the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex. The museum contains a multi-media planetarium plus four floors of displays and exhibits that span the state's history from its prehistoric period through today. It welcomes about 315,000 visitors each year with highlights like the huge collection of relics pertaining to the Civil War, paintings, dioramas, industrial and technological innovations, artworks and many audio-visual aids to help interpret the displays; and houses more than 4 million items in the collections. The museum building is round and its displays are located on the ground level, the first, second and third floors with the museum's offices on the fourth and fifth. The museum continues to collect objects that are related to the history and heritage of the state, interpreting many items for museum visitors, but cannot evaluate the financial value of the items. Current temporary exhibits include; Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2010, that highlights 152 works of 152 artists from 34 counties; Voices of the Revolution contain the many works of Edith Jaffy Kaplan's interpretations of the Civil Rights movement in the south during the 1950s and 1960s with limited edition woodcuts accompanied by poetry, with historical quotes and notes. Another is the 1780 Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery Exhibit enacted in the state, the first of its kind in the new nation and hoped to become a model for the other states to ratify. Next is a dear subject with the museum or any other for that matter as it is The Fine Art of Giving: Gifts of Art to the State Museum of Pennsylvania 1998-2008; and finally, but certainly not the least is the notable Trailblazers: Notable African Americans in Pennsylvania history.

  • Fire Museum of Greater Harrisburg
    The history of firefighting, along with all its sights and sounds comes to life at the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and is contained in an 1899 Victorian firehouse named Reilly Hose Company No. 10, with an excellent collection of relics from the hand-drawn equipment of the early days of firefighting to the modern tools used today. Some of the highlights include; a big apparatus room with numerous unique fire engines; a massive stovepipe parade hat collection from the 18th and 19th centuries; a fully restored and operational Gamewell alarm headquarters that was donated to the museum by the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; a video presentation area; hundreds of objects and items exhibiting firefighter's tools, fancy parade helmets, uniforms, belts and other marvelous items that would fill an entire page and the 1867 parade carriage named the Jennie Cameron, which won a contest by the Hope Steam Engine Co. 2 to raise money for the Civil War monument and they got the most. The gift shop is expansive, and contains such wonderful sale items as the red hats of courage, official Pennsylvania National Fire Museum apparel and collectibles; Boyd's bears collectibles; more than 30 titles of interesting books pertaining to firefighting; Van Mark and firematic toys and collectibles.

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  • Dorothea Dix Library and Museum
    Dorothea Lynde Dix (1802-1887) was an American activist for the indigent insane, who, through her lifetime conducted a huge campaign of lobbying state legislatures and the United States Congress to create the first generation of insane asylums in this country. In the Civil War, Dorothea would become the Superintendent of Army Nurses and had a very exciting and interesting life. Dorothea was born in Hampden, Maine on April 4th and later went to Worcester, Massachusetts, in her early childhood years and then to her rich grandmother's house in Boston. She ran there at the young age of 12 years old to escape from her alcoholic family and abusive father; the first child of three born to Joseph Dix and Mary Bigelow. Joseph was an itinerant worker, which didn't help matters or the family. In 1821, at just 19, Dorothea opened a school in Boston, which began to be patronized by the wealthy families, but she started teaching the poor and neglected children at her house after hours. With her health in desperate need of time off, she broke down and from 1824 to 1830, she became involved in writing books of devotion and stories for the children. Her book, Conversations on Common Things, written in 1824, went into its 60th edition by 1869, but back in Boston, in 1831, she started a model school in the city for girls and ran this successfully until 1836, when her health went down again.  Hoping to discover a cure for what ailed her, Dorothea traveled to England in 1836, where she would fortunately meet the Rathbone family, who then invited her to stay with them as their guest at Greenbank, the family's ancestral home in Liverpool. The Rathbones were Quakers and important social reformers, and while at Greenbank, she met men and women who believed that the government should be involved directly with social welfare. She became exposed to the British lunacy reform movement, where methods involved detailed investigations into the asylums and madhouses, the results of these investigations being published in reports to the House of Commons. When she came back to her native land in 1840 to 1841, she started a statewide investigation of how her home state of Massachusetts took care of their insane poor and in the majority of the towns, contracted individuals were used to care for those folks that had mental disorders and couldn't care for themselves. These poor people also didn't have any family or friends to help them, so the unregulated and underfunded system just created widespread abuses. She then published her findings in a fiery report, a Memorial, to the state's legislature and called attention to the deplorable conditions that these unfortunate people had to exist. She was able to get a bill passed that expanded the state's mental hospital in Worcester, and then began traveling to other states to attack the same conditions that existed all over. The culmination of all her good works was the Bill for the Benefit of the Indigent Insane, which put aside 12,225,000 acres of Federal land with proceeds from the sale to be distributed to all the states so that they could build and maintain such hospitals. The bill passed both houses, but in 1854, President Franklin Pierce vetoed it saying that the federal government shouldn't involve itself in social welfare; but the responsibility of the state.  In the Civil War, Dorothea was appointed the Superintendent of Union Army Nurses, but she had troubles with the doctors, since she would care for all the wounded, including those rebel soldiers that had been hurt as bad as the union troops, as did her nurses. Many great and wonderful things were said about her, after the war, especially in the south, where she was honored for her works. She passed on in 1887, a greatly loved woman, and one appreciated by many thousands who didn't know about her or her relentless work for the insane.

  • Pride of the Susquehanna
    The Pride of the Susquehanna is an authentic stern paddlewheel riverboat that is owned and run by the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society that runs along the Susquehanna River giving guests a marvelous ride and showing the city to all. The cruise is a three hour ride, but not to some island in the Pacific, but rather along the Susquehanna, and was built twenty years ago as a community service project for the benefit of the community and visitors that come to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Their goal has been to increase tourism, enhance education about the history and ecology of the river and area and improve the economic development. Since she was launched, the cruise has been enjoyed by over half a million people, used for parties, dinner cruises, weddings and their very popular murder mystery dinner cruise. The vessel has even been turned into a floating classroom to help the students and other interested visitors learn more about the region, the city and the river. The school has become a great success and popular venue for the area's schools and the visitors wanting to learn more about the exciting history of the early days of the Susquehannock Indians and the eventual influx of European settlers. The school teaches about the impact of people and pollution and the reason why we should be paying close attention to our waterways, used for a variety of reasons. It is involved in helping the community develop other resources and venues that will increase the tourism that comes here, as well as helping the city's residents become more involved in their community and their own future. It is a great cruise to enjoy the natural wonders along the river, as well as learning more about those wonders, the flora and fauna that makes their home in, around and by the river.

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  • Fort Hunter MansionFort Hunter Mansion Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    Fort Hunter Park enjoys a marvelous view of the Susquehanna River and the Blue Mountains that rise up behind it, and settled in 1725, by Benjamin Chambers, who would later found Chambersburg, it is a spectacular park that has become more important today than the years that formed it. Samuel Hunter, Benjamin's brother-in-law, inherited the magnificent estate that contained grist and saw mills, and would soon become Hunter's Mill. With the increasing threat of the French and Indian war, the British began constructing an array of small forts along the Susquehanna River, from Harris Ferry, that later would become Harrisburg, to Fort Augusta in Sunbury. One of these was Fort Hunter, perfectly positioned along a bend in the river, able to give any alarms and also act as a supply depot. The fort, very small, measured 10 feet by 14 feet and constructed of logs was encompassed by a stockade and manned by volunteer soldiers, that were usually the sons of the farmers living in the area. With the defeat of the Indian nations, in 1763, the fort was abandoned and left to rot away, until 1787, when Captain Archibald McAllister, one of the officers that had fought under General George Washington in the Revolutionary War, purchased the land that included the farm, fort and Hunter's Mill. Under McAllister's zealous leadership, the property soon became a self-sufficient frontier town with the saw and grist mills operating, blacksmith shop, school, country store, distillery and excellent tavern. Its landing along the river afforded the barges and other river crafts to come and anchor, and eventually, the 1834 official opening of the Pennsylvania Canal, which created a great trading center. In 1870, Daniel Dick Boas, an important Harrisburg gentleman, purchased the property and after his death left it to his daughter, Helen and son-in-law, John W. Reilly. For over 50 years, the Reilly dairy farm thrived, with strutting peacocks and grazing sheep herds, the place became a social center for the city and a very familiar landmark. Since the Reillys never had children, they would bequeath the property to their nieces and nephews, with one niece, Margaret Wister Meigs, from Washington DC. realizing the potentially historical importance of the property, bought out the other relatives and began to start the Fort Hunter Museum. Margaret and her family started the Fort Hunter Foundation in 1956, and organized the Friends of Fort Hunter with a volunteer membership that started an educational program and the rejuvenation of the property and its structures. The park is owned and managed by the county of Dauphin and Board of Trustees for Fort Hunter, creating a magnificent park with gorgeous views and sights, as well as a fantastic mansion and the grounds that existed around such an estate years ago. The 40 acre park sits high atop a bluff looking out over the Susquehanna River and encourages its visitors to learn more about the history of the state and region, with professionally guided tours of the splendid mansion that was part of a plantation complex from the 19th century and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Susquehanna Art Museum
    The Susquehanna Art Museum can be found in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was started in 1989 by the area' artists, educators and numerous non-profit organizations that wanted to start a contemporary museum of art in the city. Until then, Harrisburg had been one of the few state capitals in the nation that didn't have their own art museum. It is located in the center of the city's central business district and sits on numerous floors of the Kunkel Building, also called the Feller Building, that was originally a bank that opened in 1913. It would then become a department store, and currently houses the museum upstairs in several floors. The exterior is a white glazed terracotta that exudes architectural diversity, and in 1925, it was enlarged in the back half using the same techniques that were done in the front; and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the features of the museum contain the Doshi gallery for contemporary art, promoting the work of area artists, and the VanGo! exhibit, which is a art museum on wheels. Presently, the museum includes classrooms and exciting exhibits that include well known artists, Kim MacConnel, Sam Reveles and Elizabeth Olbert.

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  • The National Watch & Clock MuseumThe National Watch & Clock Museum Columbia, Pennsylvania
    The National Watch and Clock Museum is found in Columbia, Pennsylvania, and is one of the extremely few museum in the nation that is devoted to horology, the history, art and science of timekeeping and timekeepers. The museum was started in 1977 by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), an organization with 21,000 members with an educational mission and subsidiary facility, the NAWCC Library and Research Center. During the decades that followed, the museum has been able to acquire a prominent collection of horological relics, the majority of which are watches and clocks, as well as machinery, related tools and ephemera; thereby becoming an important institution in the field. Many of the best and most important watches and clocks that have ever been created have been saved and shown, for years, if not centuries, as decorative art in such notable museums as the British Museum or the Metropolitan Museum in New York City or the universally important museums of technology and science like the Smithsonian Institution, the Deutsches Museum or the Musee des Arts et Metiers. However, there are only a few, like the NWCM, that are devoted to the history of timekeeping and the vast majority of them are found in the former centers of horological production. Ever since the Time Museum closed in Rockford, Illinois in the 1990s, this museum has been called the broadest specialist horology museum in the nation, and the only comparable museum in the country is the American Watch and Clock Museum in Bristol, Connecticut, although it focuses more on American made timepieces. The museum is located on the edge of the Pennsylvania Dutch tourist region, and serves a vast community of people, especially the horological aficionados that appreciate the study, collection and specialized temporary displays.  The museum showcases the entire history of timepieces since the beginning with non-mechanical devices like hour-glasses, sun-dials and fire-clocks to the atomic clock and mass produced wristwatches of today. The museum contains a "Learning Center" that shows some of the basic technologies of the mechanical timepiece, like the pendulum, and a big varied display of various types of clock escapement. There is an exquisite sampling of American made tall case clocks, which are better known as grandfather clocks, a small outstanding area devoted to automatic machinery used in watch manufacturing and a marvelous display of American watches. Other important features include the pioneering automated machinery that was developed by the Waltham American Watch Company, that would facilitate for the first time the ability to make mass-produced watches with interchangeable parts, the Engel clock, which was a very complicated monument clock created by Stephen Decatur Engel of Hazelton, Pennsylvania and a big selection of American pocket watches, that includes Railroad watches. The Engel clock took some two decades to finish, and was shown across this nation beginning in 1877. It disappeared in the 1950s, and discovered in a New York state barn in 1983. It was bought by the organization in 1989 and completely rejuvenated and can be seen at the museum. 

  • Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction
    The Biblical Tabernacle is a beautifully designed replica of the original Old Testament tabernacle that is spoken of in the Bible, in the Book of Exodus, and is enjoyed by people from every background and religion in the world. The reproduction was made in the late 1940s, as the "Moses Tabernacle in the Wilderness" by a Baptist minister in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Mennonites bought it and later joined it with the Mennonite Information Center. For over six decades, the magnificent exhibit has been an invaluable aid to students of the Bible and cultural studies, with thousands of visitors coming here every year to marvel at the glorious tabernacle of the Bible. The copy is housed in a building with contoured upward ceiling and acoustically balanced environment with presentation guides, well versed in the scriptural context and importance of the tabernacle and the furniture that guides you in conversation from the Brazen altar, just inside the eastern gate of the courtyard to the amazing Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. Regardless of how much knowledge you have of the tabernacle, or the Biblical history, the presentation is absolutely intriguing, with those visitors that are familiar with the book, the story will bring it more to life than ever before. Gazing into the Holy Place, the full size wax figure of a high priest stands there, presiding over the altar of incense, with authentic robes and ephod with the 12 stones of the tribes imbedded in gold on his breastplate. See the golden candlestick and the table of shewbread, which have been reproduced to scale. The veil, completely researched and authenticated, separates the people or the congregation from the presence of God, as it was in the beginning, in the wilderness. Many visitors that have come to the region for various reasons or venues, or even attractions, have been delighted and enthralled by the tabernacle reproduction, regardless of their religious, cultural or ethnic history.

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